Vinyl Auctions: The most-expensive records every sold
He sold to an undisclosed buyer in a charity auction. Obviously. So who owns these records? Jack White now owns the Ur-record of all rock’n’roll. It’s changed hands several times since then. No idea who the owner is. Copies routinely come up for sale around the $25K mark. While the song made it onto the With the Beatles and Meet the Beatles albums, this test pressing (also featuring “Hello Little Girl”) is a one-of-a-kind thing. Every record collector has a wishlist of unattainable releases. The owner is anonymous. The Beatles, The Beatles: Ringo owned the copy of the white album featuring the serial number 0000000001. John and Yoko, Double Fantasy: John signed this record moments before he was shot by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Aphex Twin, Caustic Window: Sold on eBay to an anonymous buyer. At the top of my list is this one:
All copies of the A&M version of “God Save the Queen” were ordered destroyed after the Pistols’ deal with the label collapsed after five days. Frank Wilson, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)”: A single on the label Soul, which was a subsidiary of Motown. Wu-Tang, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: Formerly the property of now-convicted pharmabro douchebag Martin Shkrelli, it was seized by the US Government. Because it’s Wilson’s only Motown-related released, it’s highly prized. The owner is an anonymous hardcore collector of 78s. Elvis Presley, “My Happiness”: This was Elvis’ first-ever record, the one he recorded for his mom’s birthday. Tommy Johnson, “Alcohol and Jake Blues”: An exceedingly rare 10-inch 78 RPM release from 1930 recorded on the legendary (and very collectible) Paramount label. The current owner has never been disclosed. The Beatles, Yesterday & Today: Specifically, the infamous “butcher cover.” I have a badly damaged copy, so I can only guess that this version is in pristine condition. This is from Statista. I could be looking for these records which have been auctioned off for exponentially higher prices. Still, could be worse. I’d love a copy, but my wife would kill me. No one is sure what its fate will be. A few copies–no one really knows how many–were spirited away by wise insiders. The Beatles, “Til There Was You”: The only Broadway tune that they ever recorded.